transportation http://wesa.fm en Study: PA's Rural Bridges Worst in the Country http://wesa.fm/post/study-pas-rural-bridges-worst-country <p>Pittsburgh is known as “The City of Bridges,” but a recent study by national transportation research group TRIP suggests that there are other areas in the state whose bridges could use a little more attention.</p><p>The study, published Thursday, found that the condition of Pennsylvania’s rural bridges was the worst in the country. Pennsylvania’s country roads scored slightly better, at the 20<sup>th</sup> worst among the 50 states. The fatality statistics were grim—Pennsylvania has the 10<sup>th</sup> highest death rate on its country roads of any state.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32424 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-peduto-touts-alternative-transportation-calls-ride-share-dispute-dysfunctional <p>Right now, most Pittsburghers use their car to get around, but that may change in the near future. First of all, the city lacks sufficient parking, especially downtown. But new transportation options backed by the mayor will make it easier to get around “tahn” without owning a car. Mayor Peduto stopped by Essential Pittsburgh to focus on the city’s transportation goals going forward.</p><p>The most immediate issue the mayor has been dealing with was the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/07/State-representative-files-resolution-supporting-ride-share-companies/stories/201407070130">Uber/Lyft dispute</a>. Peduto said he is behind the two ride sharing companies and calls the ongoing dispute with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission "dysfunctional." Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:42:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32331 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Peduto Touts Alternative Transportation & Calls Ride-Share Dispute "Dysfunctional" Pittsburgh Bike Share Program Launch Delayed Until Spring 2015 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-bike-share-program-launch-delayed-until-spring-2015 <p>It’s been more than a year since former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Pittsburgh’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/plans-bike-share-program-advance-pittsburgh-council">bike share </a>program, with a proposed launch date of spring or summer 2014.</p><p>Spring has come and gone and summer is upon us, so where are the bikes?</p><p>Bart Yavorosky, executive director of Pittsburgh Bike Share, said it’s been a matter of bureaucracy keeping up with technology.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 31972 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Bike Share Program Launch Delayed Until Spring 2015 No April Fool’s Joke: PennDOT Fee Increases To Take Effect Starting Tuesday http://wesa.fm/post/no-april-fool-s-joke-penndot-fee-increases-take-effect-starting-tuesday <p>Starting Tuesday, an initial wave of fee increases for motor vehicle and driver services will go into effect.</p><p>The higher fees were part of the transportation law that passed last year, which allots $2.35 billion to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to roads, bridges and transit systems. That price tag is being paid for, in part, by an increase in gasoline taxes and higher vehicle service fees.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26447 at http://wesa.fm How to Find Pittsburgh's 'Warp Pipes' and Beat the City's Traffic Choke Points http://wesa.fm/post/how-find-pittsburghs-warp-pipes-and-beat-citys-traffic-choke-points <p>Pittsburgh's roads can be <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/making-sense-pittsburghs-nonsensical-roads">challenging at times</a>, often leading traffic to a slow and frustrating crawl.</p><p>But there are ways to avoid sitting in endless congestion through the Fort Pitt Tunnel.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:02:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley 26185 at http://wesa.fm How to Find Pittsburgh's 'Warp Pipes' and Beat the City's Traffic Choke Points Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-bill-peduto-responds-pittsburghers-transportation-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From potholes, to public transit, to bike lanes, the possibilities of transportation reforms in Pittsburgh are endless. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of a monthly conversation with Essential Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explained his vision for better transportation and who he's working with to make those plans possible. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25728 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads http://wesa.fm/post/making-sense-pittsburghs-nonsensical-roads <p>Pittsburgh’s topography is pretty unique as far as cities go. It's essentially a peninsula surrounded by mountains. And with the city's numerous bridges and triangular shape, facilitating efficient traffic patterns has long been a challenge for the region.</p><p>Pittsburgher Phil Anderson runs the popular blog <a href="http://pghroads.tumblr.com/"><em>The Nonsensical Roads of Pittsburgh</em></a>, where he records his observations about bizarre traffic and road layouts. He's driven in cities throughout the world and seems to find Pittsburgh infrastructure both amusing and frustrating.</p><p>“You have stages of driving on Pittsburgh roads," he said. "There’s anger, grief, and eventually you have acceptance.” Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:59:11 +0000 Katherine Blackley & Heather McClain 25697 at http://wesa.fm Making Sense of Pittsburgh's Nonsensical Roads City to Implement Nighttime Transportation Solutions Along Carson Street http://wesa.fm/post/city-implement-nighttime-transportation-solutions-along-carson-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to City Council President Bruce Kraus, between 15,000 and 20,000 people stream out of South Side bars, venues and pubs around 2 </span>a.m.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> every Friday and Saturday night.</span></p><p>That creates public safety problems and significant transportation issues, Kraus said, which is why for the last two years he’s been working with the Responsible Hospitality Institute, or RHI, to find ways to manage the nightlife economy in the city.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:17:14 +0000 Liz Reid 24664 at http://wesa.fm City to Implement Nighttime Transportation Solutions Along Carson Street Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-puc-rule-change-make-room-lyft-uber <p>In recent weeks, two ride-sharing services have launched in Pittsburgh – Lyft and Uber.</p><p>Both offer paid rides available through a smart phone app. Shortly after their launch, the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, which owns Yellow Cab, <a href="http://http://wesa.fm/post/taxi-operators-push-legal-challenge-ride-sharing-service-lyft">asked Mayor Bill Peduto</a> to pass an ordinance cracking down on such services. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission made a similar request of Peduto.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24620 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber New Method of Charging Electric Cars Could Bring Savings http://wesa.fm/post/new-method-charging-electric-cars-could-bring-savings <p>A new study by a team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that electric car owners can cut costs if they forfeit control over when to charge their vehicles.</p><p>The study found that allowing the power grid to control charging is more beneficial than charging the vehicles during peak electricity times.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 23629 at http://wesa.fm Area Middle School Students Imagine the Future of Transporation http://wesa.fm/post/area-middle-school-students-imagine-future-transporation <p>Students from three dozen middle schools across the region gathered at Carnegie Music Hall Saturday for Pittsburgh’s 15<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://futurecity.org/">Future City</a> competition.</p><p>Coordinated by the Carnegie Science Center, the competition challenges students to imagine and build the cities of the future.</p><p>Linda Ortenzo, director of STEM programs at the science center, said getting to the actual competition is a semester-long process.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:50:20 +0000 Liz Reid 23047 at http://wesa.fm Area Middle School Students Imagine the Future of Transporation Winter Storm Fizzles, Bringing More Rain Than Snow http://wesa.fm/post/winter-storm-fizzles-bringing-more-rain-snow <p>Temperatures remained above freezing much longer into the night Tuesday than expected, bringing more rain than snow to southwestern Pennsylvania.</p><p>However, it was enough to prompt the Pittsburgh Public School District to issue a two-hour delay.&nbsp; Several other schools in the county followed suit.</p><p>By the time most alarm clocks were going off the rain had turned back into snow, but road conditions throughout Allegheny County were just wet for the start of the morning commute.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:18:12 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20478 at http://wesa.fm Winter Storm Fizzles, Bringing More Rain Than Snow A Fresh Viewpoint on Pittsburgh Public Transit http://wesa.fm/post/fresh-viewpoint-pittsburgh-public-transit <p>Architect intern, Ben Samson, created a proposed transit map for Pittsburgh in his <a href="http://samsonwaacthesis.blogspot.com/">graduate thesis</a> at Virginia Tech. The map has since gone viral and people are talking.</p><p>Samson believes his plan speaks to the core of what the city needs. He says he started working on this project because of his combined love for architecture and Pittsburgh. He wanted to take on the biggest architectural problem in town, the transit system. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:09:37 +0000 Nick Frost 19315 at http://wesa.fm A Fresh Viewpoint on Pittsburgh Public Transit County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation http://wesa.fm/post/county-officials-looking-input-downtown-transportation <p>A proposed plan to re-configure downtown bus routes has been placed on hold. However, not without raising concerns among riders.</p><p>The plan, according to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, is to reduce the overcrowding and gridlock that occurs on downtown Pittsburgh streets. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:16:32 +0000 Nick Frost 18484 at http://wesa.fm County Officials Looking for Input on Downtown Transportation Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins http://wesa.fm/post/should-buses-be-downtown-debate-begins <p>Opposition is starting to pile up for a recently revived proposal to keep buses out of most of the Golden Triangle.&nbsp;</p><p>At the behest of some business owners and a few elected officials, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has been searching for years to find a solution to the congestion caused by buses passing through the heart of downtown.</p><p>Most recently, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City Councilman Bill Peduto proposed that routes be pushed to the edges of downtown, forcing some riders to walk a few extra blocks to get to work.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18007 at http://wesa.fm Should Buses be Downtown? The Debate Begins New Public Awareness Program Reminds Motorists to Share the Road With Cyclists http://wesa.fm/post/new-public-awareness-program-reminds-motorists-share-road-cyclists <p>On July 20, 17-year-old Emily Jancart of Moon Township was struck and killed while riding her bike in that community.</p><p>This most recent bike-related death is the fifth in the Pittsburgh area in the last two years, prompting Bike Pittsburgh to sponsor advertisements around the city as part of a public awareness program to protect cyclists.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Bike Pittsburgh Executive Director Scott Bricker, they just want to remind motorists to be more alert while sharing the road with cyclists.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 15960 at http://wesa.fm Allstate: Pittsburgh Drivers Crash Every 7.2 Years http://wesa.fm/post/allstate-pittsburgh-drivers-crash-every-72-years <p>Pittsburghers, your driving could use some improvement. At least that's according to Allstate Insurance Company’s ninth annual "Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report."</p><p>The Steel City ranked 22<sup>nd</sup> from the bottom out of 196 cities, based on Allstate claims data about car collision frequency.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:03:39 +0000 Liz Reid 15540 at http://wesa.fm Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside http://wesa.fm/post/photos-what-liberty-tunnel-closures-look-inside <p>For drivers heading in and out of the South Hills in recent weeks, the daily commute has been trying at times.<br /><br />Construction on the 5,888-foot-long Liberty Tunnel has prompted 24-hour closures of first the outbound side, then the inbound.<br /><br />That's meant detours.<br /><br />And while commuters making their way around the tunnel closures have likely seen workers on the north and south ends of the tunnel restoring concrete facades, much of the work inside the tubes has gone unseen.<br /> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:16:48 +0000 Ryan Loew 15451 at http://wesa.fm Photos: What the Liberty Tunnel Closures Look Like From the Inside Andy Warhol Bridge to be Closed Tonight, Through Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/andy-warhol-bridge-be-closed-tonight-through-weekend <p>The Andy Warhol Bridge will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic starting at 6 p.m. Thursday for sidewalk and deck repairs, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. The bridge will remain closed through 6 a.m. on Monday.<br><br>The installation of the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/giant-yarn-bomb-project-cover-andy-warhol-bridge">Knit the Bridge project</a> is also planned for this weekend. The project is expected to be the largest “yarn bomb” ever in the United States. Installation will begin Saturday morning and be completed by Sunday evening.<br> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:52:29 +0000 Ryan Loew 14510 at http://wesa.fm Bridges Could Be Weight-Restricted This Fall Without a Funding Plan http://wesa.fm/post/bridges-could-be-weight-restricted-fall-without-funding-plan <p>The state could put weight limits on aging bridges across Pennsylvania as early as this fall as a direct result of the failure in Harrisburg to pass a transportation funding plan.<br><br>The limit would require certain vehicles to find detours around bridges.<br> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 12690 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation <p>Following a “bad weekend” with the <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_gets_budget_bu.html#/0">collapse of his agenda</a>, Governor Tom Corbett signed a nearly $29 billion <a href="http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/48182083/2013-14%20Governors%20Executive%20Budget%20CD.pdf">state budget</a> Sunday night.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/06/gov_tom_corbett_signs_off_on_p.html">Controversial issues </a>including liquor privatization and allocations for transportation funding remain in the Legislature until the fall, prompting a close examination of these pressing topics and the motivations behind both parties in both the House and Senate.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:52:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12400 at http://wesa.fm State Budget Passed by Deadline, No News On Most Pressing Legislation Bill Aims to Spur Growth in Alternative Fueling Stations Along Nation’s Highways http://wesa.fm/post/bill-aims-spur-growth-alternative-fueling-stations-along-nation-s-highways <p>U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has announced a plan he says would spur growth of alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure.</p><p>The so-called Clean Vehicles Corridors Act would result in more fueling stations across interstate highways, thereby making it easier for alternative fuel vehicles to travel longer distances.</p><p>“The way it will work is the U.S. Transportation Department, in consultation with the Energy Department as well as other federal agencies, will designate highway routes where the development of an alternative fuel support system will succeed,” Casey said.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:09:47 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12251 at http://wesa.fm House Struggles with Transportation Funding http://wesa.fm/post/house-struggles-transportation-funding <p>When it comes to money for fixing roads, bridges and mass transit, state House lawmakers are struggling to even get a plan out of committee.<br><br>What's clear is House Republican leaders want a transportation infrastructure funding plan that spends less than the $2.5 billion the Senate proposed. What's not clear is how they'll make the bill palatable to enough Republicans and Democrats to pass the bill out of committee, let alone the full chamber.<br> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:18:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 12107 at http://wesa.fm House GOP Drops Speeding Ticket Surcharge Idea http://wesa.fm/post/house-gop-drops-speeding-ticket-surcharge-idea <p>An effort to slap a $100 surcharge on speeding tickets to help fund mass transit in Pennsylvania looks to be dead in the water, as one House member said Wednesday.<br><br>The proposal is part of a $2.5 billion plan to fund roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure that has passed in the Senate. The surcharge revenue would be specifically routed for public transportation.<br> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:09:28 +0000 Mary Wilson 11796 at http://wesa.fm Port Authority Makes Changes to Schedule and Routes http://wesa.fm/post/port-authority-makes-changes-schedule-and-routes <p>While waiting for the bus that takes you to work Monday morning, you might be surprised when it zips right past you.</p><p>The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) is eliminating nearly 430 stops along 36 bus routes beginning Sunday as the first of several phases of bus stop consolidations.</p><p>Spokeswoman Heather Pharo said PAT is only eliminating stops that receive little to no use.</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 11444 at http://wesa.fm